People for the West -Tucson
Newsletter, September, 2021
PO Box 86868, Tucson, AZ 85754-6868
Real environmentalism can go hand in hand with natural resource production, private property rights, and access to public lands
STATE OF THE UNION
August was a busy month that demonstrated the failures of the Biden administration policies including the border crisis; the transformation from energy self-sufficiency to once again depending on OPEC; bad climate policy; the ever-changing COVID regulations; and perhaps the most egregious: foreign policy in Afghanistan. These policies demonstrate both weakness and ignorance. Founding Fathers George Washington and Alexander Hamilton warned us that:
“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the protection of property against those irregular and high-handed combinations which sometimes interrupt the ordinary course of justice; to the security of liberty against the enterprises and assaults of ambition, of faction, and of anarchy.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)
“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” —George Washington (1793)
President Biden says he was ‘instructed’ to call on reporters from list at presser following Kabul attacks
Critics asked ‘Who the hell is in charge here?’ in reaction to the viral moment
By Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Fox News
While it has become normalized for the president to rely on a list of pre-selected reporters, he made a rather stunning admission in the process. “Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O’Donnell from NBC,” Biden kicked off the press conference. (Read more) ☼
Supreme Court Latest to Strike Down Biden’s Immigration Policies
by Lora Ries, The Daily Signal
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (stay in Mexico rule) implemented by Biden’s predecessor. Since the day he entered office, Biden has stifled immigration enforcement, resulting in historic numbers of aliens entering the country illegally. States, fed up with the fallout from these negligent policies, have sued to reinstate Trump-era enforcement practices halted by the Biden White House. (Read more) ☼
Shameful Presidential Dereliction of Duty
by B.B. Bell, General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
How is it possible, even conceivable, that our nation’s president and commander-in-chief could cave to the Taliban and order the removal of all U.S. military personnel from Afghanistan, while leaving American citizens and our Afghan partners at the mercy of the barbaric Taliban? That question is even more pressing given the attack at the airport … resulting in American military casualties. In just seven short months in office, Joe Biden has surely made the most significant presidential blunders in the history of America. And now comes his colossal failure in Afghanistan, undermining our standing with global partners and emboldening tyrants around the world. (Read more) ☼
The Drossy Touch of Joe Biden
By Victor Davis Hanson
A cognitively challenged Biden is pulled in every direction, by left-wing politicos collecting their debts, by his own spite, by his trademark narcissism, and by his hatred of all things Trump.
FBI January 6 Investigation: No Major Conspiracy
by C. Mitchell Shaw
After months of maintaining a narrative that the January 6 “insurrection” — involving little more than criminal trespass — was a “coordinated attack,” the FBI now admits there is “scant evidence” to support that claim. According to a report citing four current and former law-enforcement officials, the FBI does not believe the events of January 6 were centrally coordinated by a right-wing conspiracy of Trump supporters. (Read more)
An interesting article: Biden’s Surrender Presidency By Brian C. Joondeph (link) ☼
Americans Pay High Cost for Biden’s Border Crisis
by Thomas Gallatin
The spreading of crime and COVID are just some of the results of his policy of open borders. (Read more) ☼
9 Things to Know About Senate’s $1.1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
by David Ditch, Daily Signal
In a textbook example of Washington dysfunction, members and the public will only have a few days to review 2,702 pages of programs and provisions before it’s voted on. The bipartisan group promoting the infrastructure deal are attempting to sell it as a reasonable, centrist compromise. In reality, it would greatly expand the size and scope of the federal government, needlessly add to the national debt, waste hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, and promote a variety of far-left causes. (Read more) ☼
The Left Allows No Deviation From Orthodoxy
by Francis Menton
The United States is currently subject to a sharp political divide between the left and the right, with just around half of the country on each side. The two sides obviously differ in the government policies that they advocate, but there is another difference that I think is even more important. The right, or at least most of it, welcomes differences of opinion, while the left allows no dissent from the orthodoxy of the moment. (Read more) ☼
The Good News—A COVID-19 Update
By Thomas T. Siler, M.D.
Now that we have had 18 months to “slow the spread” it is time to take stock of the pandemic. We have learned many good things that the media and our pandemic managers rarely report. Most fundamentally, we do not need to be afraid of COVID-19 anymore. The media and some government health authorities are still pushing hysteria and fear, but that should not prevail. Let’s look at the good news that can calm our fears about COVID-19. (Read more) ☼
The Bad And The Ugly About COVID In America
By Thomas T. Siler, M.D.
In an earlier article, I summarized the good news about the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, I will attempt to review the Bad and Ugly news about the pandemic. The mainstream media, some public health authorities, and the pharmaceutical industry have engaged in a massive disinformation campaign. This campaign has focused on using fear to get everyone to take an experimental vaccine as the only way to get out of the pandemic. (Read more) ☼
Virtue Signaling: What Is It and Why Is It So Dangerous?
By Olivia Eriksen
If you say the phrase ‘virtue signaling’ nowadays, the chances are you’ll be met with people becoming increasingly defensive, claiming that everything has to be picked apart and overanalysed. However, that’s not the case. This article is going to unpack what exactly virtue signaling is, discuss why it’s so dangerous, and offer some examples of everyday virtue signaling from both the wider public and public organisations. Virtue signaling is defined at the act of publicly expressing opinions in order to demonstrate that you are a good person. However, this has become muddied with placing more importance on the appearance of moral correctness, than the correctness itself. (Read more) ☼
Incompetence + Arrogance = Woke
by Victor Davis Hanson
In the last 18 months, we have seen most of our major institutions go woke and spend considerable amounts of time, capital, and labor on what might be called “commissarism.” Yet in their zeal to rectify society in general and sermonize, virtue signal, pontificate, and perform to the public, many institutions are increasingly failing at what they were established to do. (Read more) ☼
IPCC still pedaling junk science
by Jonathan DuHamel
The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, their sixth Assessment Report (AR6) is more political than scientific. The IPCC is hyping scary scenarios which have been picked up by the “mainstream media.” The ultimate goal is to form a centralized world government.
In six major reports since 1990, the IPCC has published thousands of pages of material, none of which provide any physical or observational evidence that our carbon dioxide emissions have a significant effect on global temperature. All their dire predictions are based on “garbage-in-garbage-out” computer modeling, the results of which all run hotter than physical measurements. (See more on my Wryheat blog) ☼
Claims including warmest ever month or year are unsupported by data and are in reality politically driven fictions
by Joseph D’Aleo, CCM
Virtually every month and year we see stories in the once reliable media and from formerly unbiased data centers that proclaim the warmest such period in the entire record back to 1895 or earlier.
In the addendum to the Research Report entitled: On the Validity of NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU Global Average Surface Temperature Data & The Validity of EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding, Abridged Research Report, Dr. James P. Wallace III, Dr. (Honorary) Joseph S. D’Aleo, Dr. Craig D. Idso, provided ample evidence that the Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data was invalidated for use in climate modeling and for any other climate change policy analysis purpose.
“The conclusive findings of this research are that the three GAST data sets are not a valid representation of reality. In fact, the magnitude of their historical data adjustments, that removed their cyclical temperature patterns, are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data. Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming. (Read more) ☼
Here’s Why Climate Alarmists Are Ignoring All-Time Record Crop Production in India
By Vijay Jayaraj
All-time record crop production in India belies the doomsday narrative of climate alarmists. To no great surprise, the U.N. and media ignore the remarkable achievement of this country of 1.4 billion people because it contradicts a political agenda pursued with religious fervor.
Even as the world’s largest democracy enhances global food security, the media spread news of the U.N.’s “code red” for humanity over August’s specious report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that rising temperatures threaten the earth. In fact, India’s record food production contradicts claims about adverse climatic effects on crops. (Read more) ☼
Climate Hype Hurts the Environment and Undermines Our Society
Reposted from the Cliff Mass Weather Blog
Climate hype is profoundly damaging the environment and society; the evidence for this is compelling and discussed in this blog.
I have always been an environmentalist, worried about the protection of our natural environment. And I am concerned about global warming and its effects on humanity and the health of the planet. Thus, I have become increasingly apprehensive about apocalyptic climate change hype, which is profoundly damaging the environment of our region and undermining the well-being of many. (Read more) ☼
Comments On Federal Scientific Integrity
By Kenneth Haapala, The Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
“It is one thing to impose drastic measures and harsh economic penalties when an environmental problem is clear-cut and severe. It is quite another to do so when the environmental problem is largely hypothetical and not substantiated by careful observations. This is definitely the case with global warming.” – Frederick Seitz, 17th president of the United States National Academy of Sciences
This paper addresses the scientific integrity involved in the fear that human additions to atmospheric carbon dioxide will cause significant global warming. To comprehend how carbon dioxide influences the globe’s temperatures one must comprehend the greenhouse effect, how different greenhouse gases influence the loss of heat to space, how different greenhouse gases influence the effectiveness of other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and how increasing the greenhouse effect influences climate. Further, to comprehend how human emissions of greenhouse gases affect climate requires separating the greenhouse effect from other human impacts on climate such as urbanization. Also, it requires separating human impacts from natural climate change including changing ocean circulation and changing solar influences which we do not fully understand. (Link to full paper – 8 pages) ☼
How Climate Scenarios Lost Touch With Reality
From Issues in Science and Technology
The integrity of science depends on its capacity to provide an ever more reliable picture of how the world works. Over the past decade or so, serious threats to this integrity have come to light. The expectation that science is inherently self-correcting, and that it moves cumulatively and progressively away from false beliefs and toward truth, has been challenged in numerous fields—including cancer research, neuroscience, hydrology, cosmology, and economics—as observers discover that many published findings are of poor quality, subject to systemic biases, or irreproducible. The emissions scenarios the climate community is now using as baselines for climate models depend on portrayals of the present that are no longer true. And once the scenarios lost touch with reality, so did the climate, impact, and economic models that depend on them for their projections of the future. Yet these projections are a central part of the scientific basis upon which climate policymakers are now developing, debating, and adopting policies. (Read more) ☼
Climate Alarmists Call for Global ‘Eco-dictatorship’
by H. Sterling Burnett
Every so often the truth seeps out that significantly reducing global greenhouse gas emissions will require enormous sacrifices, meaning profound losses of welfare on people’s part. Bear that in mind when you hear politicians’ promises of “net zero by X date” or “50 or 80 percent carbon dioxide reductions by year X.”
In the Western world, the energy cuts and lifestyle changes required to hit net zero will mean going back to early-1800s levels of emissions. This will force enormously negative economic growth and giving up modern conveniences (and the freedoms they have created) that people in developed countries have come to take for granted over the past century. (Read more) ☼
Climatologist Warns ‘Next 20-30 Years Will Be Cold’; Sun Much Less Active
By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
Climate scientist Dr. Willie Soon, a researcher at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said that global cooling is a far greater source of concern than global warming. Dr. Willie Soon has urged his fellow academics to pay closer attention to the sun’s activity, which suggests several decades of global cooling rather than warming. The sun is in a “weakened state” and far less active than during the 1980s and 1990s, Soon noted, which should last until “around 2050.” The next 20-30 years will be cold . (Read more) ☼
Biden admits climate policies won’t matter!
President Joe Biden recently admitted climate futility. In other words, the Paris Climate Accord and Green New Deal won’t have any impact on the climate. So why go through with them? Good question. Marc Morano delves into this in the latest episode of CFACT’s Morano Minute series. (Watch video) ☼
“Greenflation”: What Happens When Climate Activist Politicians Oppose New Mines
by Eric Worrall
The comedic spectacle of activist politicians choking off the supply of raw materials required for their precious green revolution, then wondering at the lack of progress. The world faces a growing paradox in the campaign to contain climate change. The harder it pushes the transition to a greener economy, the more expensive the campaign becomes, and the less likely it is to achieve the aim of limiting the worst effects of global warming. New government-directed spending is driving up demand for materials needed to build a cleaner economy. At the same time, tightening regulation is limiting supply by discouraging investment in mines, smelters, or any source that belches carbon. The unintended result is “greenflation”: rising prices for metals and minerals such as copper, aluminium and lithium that are essential to solar and wind power, electric cars and other renewable technologies. (Read more)
The Idiot’s Answer To Global Warming: Hydrogen
by Francis Menton
Hydrogen! It’s the obvious and perfect answer to global warming caused by human CO2 emissions. Instead of burning hydrocarbons (fossil fuels) we can leave out the carbon part, burn just the hydrogen, and emit nothing but pure water vapor. H2 + O = H2O! Thus, no more CO2 emissions . Why didn’t anyone think of this before now? So basically, hydrogen is the perfect answer to our problems, right? Wrong.
So what is the fundamental flaw in the idea of a hydrogen-based energy economy? Hydrogen is not free for the taking, but rather is already combined with something else; and to separate the hydrogen so that you have free hydrogen to use, you need to add energy. Once you have added the energy and you have the free hydrogen, you can burn it. But that’s where the Second Law of Thermodynamics comes in. Due to inevitable inefficiencies in the processes, when you burn the hydrogen, you get back less energy than you expended to free it up. No matter how you approach the problem, the process of freeing up hydrogen and then burning it costs more energy than it generates.
The bond of hydrogen and oxygen in water is a high-energy thing that therefore takes a lot of energy to undo. So let’s consider getting the hydrogen from natural gas. Indeed, that is the main source today of substantial quantities of pure hydrogen for industrial purposes. Steam is passed through natural gas (methane, or CH4). The bond is broken and the hydrogen breaks free. Voila! Oh, but what happens to the carbon? Why obviously, it is released also, and thereupon combines with oxygen from the air forming CO2. So, why not just burn the natural gas? (Read more) ☼
The Cost of Upgrading Electric Distribution
by Ewelina Czapla, American Action Forum
The Biden Administration committed the United States to generating carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035 in its submission under the Paris Climate Agreement—a commitment that will require modifying electrical distribution systems. Distribution systems deliver electricity to consumers, and these systems will face added strain in response to upstream expansion of the transmission system and consumer adoption of photovoltaic solar panels and electric vehicles. The cost imposed on the distribution system by electric vehicle and photovoltaic solar panel adoption alone is nearly $1 trillion. (Read more) ☼
Hypocritical Biden Turns to OPEC
by Brian Mark Weber, Patriot Post
Sounds like the administration is worried about gas prices that are 40% higher today than last summer. Indeed, Biden’s calling on OPEC to further boost oil production over what those nations agreed to earlier in the summer. But the White House admits that even if OPEC increases production, it still won’t be enough to meet the global energy demand.
There is a solution, but Biden won’t touch it.**
Remember the Keystone XL? That’s the pipeline that would’ve brought more than 800,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast states. But newly elected President Biden killed it to prevent “climate change.” He also closed various federal lands and waters to drilling, though he lost an early court battle on that one.
And let’s not forget that Biden also rescinded America’s ability to produce natural gas domestically while turning around and lifting sanctions so Russia could deliver natural gas to Germany via the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. (Read more)
** Update: Federal Oil and Gas Drilling Permits Soar
by Duggan Flanakin August 13, 2021
Permitting reforms …combined with fast-rising price oil prices and the rejection by U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty of President Joe Biden’s would-be moratorium on new oil and gas permits on federal lands, have contributed to a surge in permitting. (Source) ☼
What You Need to Know About Biden’s Ill-Conceived Executive Order on Electric Vehicles
by Katie Tubb, The Daily Signal
President Joe Biden issued an executive order Aug. 5 calling for half of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. to be zero-emission vehicles by 2030. Electric and alternative fuel vehicles arrived on the scene in the past two decades, yet only accounted for 2% of car sales in 2019 despite generous federal and state subsidies. Tradeoffs:
High electricity demand equals high stress on grid infrastructure, as Californians and Texans have found out with rolling blackouts and calls to reduce consumption. Another electric vehicle trade-off is the manufacturing of (and eventually disposal of) batteries. A typical electric vehicle needs six times the mineral inputs as manufacturing a conventional car, according to the International Energy Agency. The vast majority of those minerals are mined in China, with its far more lax labor and environmental protections. (Read more) ☼
Testimony on the Folly of Electrifying the U.S. Transportation System
By Heartland Institute
Testimony delivered before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis in June by Robert Bryce, a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, raised a warning on the potential hazards of electrifying transportation and the regressive costs of continued federal subsidization of the sale of electric vehicles (Evs).
“Electrifying parts of our transportation system may result in incremental reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” Bryce argued. “But a look at history, as well as an analysis of the supply-chain issues involved in manufacturing EVs, the resource intensity of batteries, and the increasingly fragile state of our electric grid – which is being destabilized by bad policy at the state and national levels – shows that a headlong drive to convert our transportation systems to run on ‘green’ electricity could cost taxpayers untold billions of dollars, increase greenhouse gas emissions, be bad for societal resilience, make the U.S. more dependent on commodity markets dominated by China, make us less able to respond to extreme weather events or attacks on our infrastructure, and impose regressive taxes on low and middle-income Americans in the form of higher electricity prices.” (Read more) And: electric cars are totally useless for long trips because of the long recharge times. ☼
China Building 43 New Coal Plants As Biden Fast-Tracks Shuttering Ours
by Anthony Watts
While the United States is fast-tracking decarbonization of electricity generation due to a claimed “code red” climate emergency in the wake of the latest United Nations report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), China has announced plans to add 43 new coal-fueled generation plants. According to Energy Live News, China built over three times as much coal plant capacity as the rest of the world in 2020. By contrast, a June 1, 2021 report from S&P Global Platts titled US coal-fired power output decline continues with last PSEG coal plant retirement shows that the U.S. is already aggressively reducing coal-based electricity generation, and dropping to an all-time low in 2020. (Read more) ☼
California Admits Wind & Solar Aren’t Reliable – Commissions Five New NatGas Plants
By Anthony Watts
In a surprise about-face in California’s love affair with the climate change darlings of wind and solar energy, it was announced on Friday 8/13 that California’s Department of Water Resources is now in the process of designing, financing, and building five new 30-megawatt natural gas power plants. According to recent news reports, these go “counter” to the state plan of decarbonizing the electricity grid to reduce emissions. Maybe, just maybe, California lawmakers are waking up to the reality that you can’t have a reliable electricity grid when you are populating it with unreliable wind and solar energy in a vain attempt to chase the elusive “net zero” carbon free footprint being touted by environmentalists. (Read more) ☼
POINTS TO PONDER
“Social engineering: the art of replacing what works with what sounds good.” – Thomas Sowell
“One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.” – Ronald Reagan
“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words…Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” –George Orwell
“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.” —James Madison (1792)
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” —H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
“The answer to stemming increased violence in our cities is not more gun control, it’s more criminal control.” -Anon
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1) Support private property rights.
2) Support multiple use management of federal lands for agriculture, livestock grazing, mining, oil and gas production, recreation, timber harvesting and water development activities.
3) Support a balance of environmental responsibility and economic benefit for all Americans by urging that environmental policy be based on good science and sound economic principles.
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The Constitution is the real contract with America.
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